What Dr. Pohl Thinks About His New Position (Plus: His Plans for the Future)
Dr. Pohl has been on the road a lot over the last couple of months, speaking about the opioid crisis and pain recovery at conferences, events and talk shows. Despite his busy schedule, however, he took a few minutes while he was working at LVRC last week to answer a few questions about his new role and his plans for 2017. You were the Medical Director and now you’re the Chief Medical Officer: How are the two positions different? As the Medical Director, I was directly responsible for the day-to-day care of all of Las Vegas Recovery Center’s clients. As the Chief Medical Officer, I’ll be actively involved at LVRC, but I’ll leave the day-to-day responsibilities to our excellent medical team. What do you like best about your role? My new position enables me to teach about chronic pain outside of the facility without having to attend to the details of what’s happening at the facility when I’m offsite. It used to be that when I’d be gone, it left a vacuum. Now I’m freer to be on the road to educate people about addiction and pain recovery, knowing full and well that the clients are being well-cared for. Why did you decide to take this promotion? I’m getting older! (he laughs). I didn’t want to retire because I love LVRC and I love what I do, so this was a good compromise. The position allows me to be active in the addiction recovery field and teach about pain and addiction, but still be involved in all aspects of care. You’ll be traveling some over the next few months. How often will you be physically working from Las Vegas Recovery Center? I’ll be working regular periods of time at the center—about one week per month. The rest of the time I will be on the road, writing, lecturing and teaching. Are there any professional goals for 2017 that you’d like to share? My goals are to spread the word about pain recovery and functional restoration. We’re still in a culture where people want to be on opioids and avoid pain at any cost. I want to be able to make an impact on this societal problem and help people in pain but also help the the healthcare professionals in charge of treating those with chronic pain. You’ve been making numerous television and radio appearances lately. What do you hope to accomplish by putting yourself in the spotlight? I want to be famous! (He laughs, joking). No, but in all seriousness, I want to get the message out to as many people as possible. TV and radio are one of the best ways to do this.
About Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM Dr. Mel Pohl, Chief Medical Officer at Las Vegas Recovery Center, has been working in the field of addiction and pain recovery for over 30 years. He is the author of several books on addiction and chronic pain, including A Day Without Pain. To learn more or to request Dr. Pohl as a speaker or presenter, visit his profile on Central Recovery’s Speakers Bureau site.